Kelly Lake Trail is a 13.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Walden, CO that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
Miles: 6.5 miles one-way for Kelly, elevation: 8,505 feet with elevation gain: of 2000+ feet . Great for backpackers and horseback riders. Both share the first 1.5 miles and lead to the high alpine lakes w/ spectacular views. Fly & lure fishing permitted. No fires above timberline. Access the N. Canadian Yurt & Hidden Valley Trail.
This is a really long, difficult hike but well worth the effort. We backpacked up and spent the night at the lake. There was only one other group at the lake and we saw no one, after the first 1/2 mile, on our hike up. We saw a couple groups on our way down the next day but it was still pretty quiet.
The trail follows a dirt road for about half of the hike and they've done a lot of tree clearing due to the beetles. Great views most of the way up. Once you get into the forest, it is beautiful. Lots of wildflowers were in bloom yet at the beginning of August.
The mobile directions for this trailhead are totally wrong - it had us go to CO 30 which lead to private land. The turnoff should be to 41 from 14. There are signs for a campground - turn there. The State Forest entry is right there. The directions on page are good.
Awesome hike, long with two steep sections. Beautiful mountain scenery and an awesome lake!